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Homemade pancakes or crepes are a great way to start a weekend morning. If you want to make these batter-based delights without making a huge mess in the kitchen, we found some handy crepe and pancake makers that flip the script on how the batter meets the skillet.
Rather than spooning batter onto a pan or skillet, these devices let you dip the heated surface into the batter. Then flip it back over and — voila! — you have a crepe or large pancake.
Perhaps the best thing about these devices — versus using the regular old skillet or crepe maker— is they mean minimal cleanup is required after you’re done eating. Gather up your butter, maple syrup, fruit and other delicious toppings and fillings and get ready to chow down.
Here are some of the best options we’ve found. While some of these
A number-one seller in the “crepe makers” category on Amazon, this 8-inch model from Moss & Stone is great for much more than pancakes and crepes, including tortillas, blintzes and more. The device automatically brings itself to the correct temperature, ensuring a perfect result every time but limiting your creative freedom more than others.
“Love it!” wrote Amazon buyer Mattymom in her review. “So easy to use that my 9-year-old is already making crepes better than mine. It’s easy to clean.”
An “Amazon’s Choice” pick in the product category of “electric crepe maker,” this cordless, 7.5-inch model from Salton comes with a batter tray and spatula and features cool-touch handles and skid-resistant feet. This one also boasts a nonstick cooking surface but it is slightly more expensive than others in the category.
“Wow how easy it is and each crepe comes out perfect every time — so worth the money,” wrote Skullie in their Amazon review.
This easily portable, 8-inch model comes with a food bowl and spatula and promises to make great crepes in seconds. It’s stain-resistant, has a nonstick surface and is allegedly super-easy to clean. Amazon customers say it’s easy to use and makes great, thin crepes.
Another “Amazon’s Choice” pick, this electric crepe maker comes with a dipping dish, a wooden spatula and a silicone basting brush. The reviews on this one are slightly softer (4.1 is the average grade) than some others, especially given its price point but the people who praised it seemed to really enjoy using it.
“Easy to use, made great crepes first time out of the box,” wrote Kurt W. in his Amazon review. “Could be a little bit faster, but then you would have a risk of burning the crepe. We are very pleased with this product.